He was born on Shelter Island, New York. He graduated from Yale College in 1777. He was Shelter Island town clerk from 1783 to 1787 and was on the New York delegation that in 1788 approved the new Federal Constitution following United States' independence in the American Revolutionary War. He served in the state assembly from 1786 until 1795.
Havens was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 4th, 5th and 6th United States Congresses, serving from March 4, 1795, until his death. He was buried at the Presbyterian Church on Shelter Island.
- United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 1794
- United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 1796
- United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 1798
- List of United States Congress members who died in office (1790–1899)
- United States Congress. "Jonathan Nicoll Havens (id: H000359)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Jonathan Nicoll Havens at Find a Grave
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